Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Maoist explosive expert held, gun and landmines seized

Rayagada (Orissa), Feb 3 (PTI) A hardcore Maoist was arrested in Orissa's Rayagada district and five landmines and an equal number of guns besides a large quantity of explosives were recovered from his possession.

Purna alias Ramesh Mambalika, an explosive expert and a master in making landmines, was nabbed from his native village at Tubuni in the Gudari police stattion area last night on a tip-off, Rayagada SP Anup Kumar said.

Ammunition, including gelatines and 15 kilograms of splinters used in the making of landmines, were seized, the SP said.

"Ramesh was coordinating ultra movement in Rayagada district and as many as six criminal cases were pending against him at different police stations," the SP said.

Besides being involved in the killing of two persons at Dhepaguda area, Ramesh also confessed to have been directly involved in the Nayagarh armoury attack in 2007, the police said.

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